Catch BlackBridalBliss.com on The Marsha & Money Radio Show!


You read that headline correctly, folks! I’m today’s featured guest on The Marsha & Money Radio Show. (Remember Marsha from this post? She’s a kick-a** personal financial planner and founder of The Finance Bar.) I’ll be sharing expert tips and tricks on staying within your budget while wedding planning, revealing a few never before shared secrets on how I cut costs for my own Charlotte, NC nuptials and even dishing on ways to practically plan a wedding for $1,000. Be sure to grab a friend or two and take a listen. Thanks as always for your support of Triple B!

The Road to Mrs. – Romance & Finance

Road to Mrs. blogger Nicole and her fiance Leonard are learning how to compromise before saying I Do.

Being an only child, I’d never not gotten what I wanted. And being an attorney, I’d become very good at negotiating. So when my fiancé and I sat down to discuss our wedding and, most importantly, our wedding budget, I had very few worries. My vision was full of lavishness while his involved us going to the courthouse. In the end, we settled on a number that would allow me the wedding of my dreams, albeit with a much smaller guest list. His reasoning for not wanting to go overboard with the spending made absolute sense, and while I understood his point, admittedly I looked at the budget number as a suggestion — kind of the same way I look at speeding limits. [Read more...]

Bridgette’s Pick of the Week – 5 Easy Ways to Have an Affordable NY Wedding

Savvy Couple Dea & Dennis Chose the Brownstone Lined Streets of Harlem as Their Wedding Day Backdrop

New York City is one of the most expensive places to host a wedding in the world. (The average cost of a NYC wedding for 125 guests is about $50,000.) But, if you plan ahead and are willing to wiggle a bit, you can have a memorable wedding in the Big Apple without going in debt. Seriously! Here are five things I learned while planning my own intimate NYC affair. [Read more...]

Bridgette’s Pick of the Week: The Benefits of a Minimoon

Mr. TK and me during our minimoon in Washington, DC!

Shortly after Mr. TK proposed, we made the decision to go someplace exotic (by our standards anyway) for our honeymoon. We both enjoy traveling so we wanted to do it up big. We decided on Italy, specifically southern Italy along the Amalfi Coast and Capri. However the reality was that as we got closer to our Charlotte, NC wedding celebration, we had to make the challenging decision to postpone our honeymoon until this year. Our consolation? A minimoon! [Read more...]

Bridgette’s Pick of the Week – Turn Wedding Planning Activities Into Dates!

Mr. TK and I last winter at a Martha Stewart Weddings Event in the Soho, NYC Tiffany & Co. store! Good times.

Nearlyweds if you’re in the midst of wedding planning, chances are you are neck-deep in scheduling lots of tastings, venue walk-throughs and dozens of other vendor appointments. Juggling it all along with your already hectic life (because I don’t know many Black women who aren’t pulled into a multitude of directions) can begin to seem more like work than play. But I strongly urge you not to stay in that place and here’s why. [Read more...]

How to Save Money on Your Wedding Catering

I apologize for the gaps in posts recently. Although I’m no longer wedding planning, merging my 30+ years of life with Mr. TK’s is time-consuming. Wedding planning is light stuff compared to some of the decisions we’re currently making. But, you are likely coming to this site because you’re still in the thick of planning your own nuptials. Don’t worry, I’m not going to abandon you. In fact, I am eager to share even more of my knowledge now that I’ve said “I Do.” Below are ten ways you can trim your wedding catering expenses. Remember, food and beverage costs will eat up most of your budget so this is valuable information. Bookmark this page, forward this link to others, print this post out and stick it on your fridge — you’re welcome! [Read more...]

Wedding Favors – Thoughtful or Wasteful?

Wedding favors: Do you love or lathe them?

Favors have become pretty standard at weddings but many couples (including myself and Mr. TK) have started to wonder if they’re necessary. After much thought, we decided our wedding would be favor-free and we have no regrets. However, [Read more...]

Bridgette’s Wedding Countdown: I’m Getting Married in THREE Days!

The great news: I made it to Charlotte! Hello, Bojangles and hearing folks say “reckon” regularly. I’m about as Southern as a New York gal can be so it isn’t too much of a surprise to most of my friends that I wanted to jump the broom in North Carolina. Time is flying by. Here’s what I have on the itinerary for today:

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Bridgette’s Wedding Day Countdown: I’m Getting Married in a Week!


Yesterday was productive. While I didn’t complete all the tasks on my to-do list, I finished most of them and even did a few important things that weren’t on the list. (Ahem, my wedding band was finally selected and purchased — WOO HOO!) I realized that not only was my friend Lisa’s advice to post this wedding countdown important for the Triple B audience but it will also hold me accountable. (By the way if you’re ever in NYC and need a mani or pedi, check Lisa out at The Nail Suite by Lisa Logan. Yes that was definitely a shameless plug.) Here’s what I hope to accomplish today and tomorrow: [Read more...]

Bridgette’s Wedding Day Countdown: 8 Days Left!


Happy Friday! Guess what? I’m scheduled to jump the broom a week from tomorrow. That’s right! One. Week. From. Tomorrow. Although I’ve been blogging on Triple B for Road to Mrs. periodically, I have managed to remain sorta tight-lipped about the details of my wedding. (When it is all said and done there will actually be two weddings but more on that later.) My good friend Lisa pointed out my covertness the other night over calamari and catfish tenders. Our convo went something like this:

Lisa: Bridge, people will relate to you more on BBB if you shared the details of your day-to-day.

Me: Yeah, but you know I’m kinda private and so is Mr. TK. Plus, I have been blogging about it in Road to Mrs.

Lisa: (rolling her eyes) That’s not enough. You launched a bridal blog and you’re getting married. You’ve shared so many details about other brides yet you’re keeping all the good stuff about yourself to yourself. That could turn people off.

Me: Oh.

Lisa: How about a countdown! That’s fun and exciting and you can be honest about all the ish you still have to do. Be vulnerable like you were when you first announced you were engaged. People will relate to that.

Me: Genius!

And so here it is, folks. The first day of my 1 week wedding day countdown. I even plan to blog tomorrow. (Not Sunday though. The buck has to stop somewhere.) Below is my to-do list for today. Let’s see how much of this I can actually get accomplished. [Read more...]

Bridgette’s Pick of the Week: Staying Focused During Wedding Planning


Consumer marketing in the wedding industry is genius. Companies in every area of the biz — from fashion and beauty to food and beverage to travel — find ways to manipulate couples into thinking they need certain items in order to have a beautiful wedding. We’re led to believe that the “perfect wedding” will led to the “perfect marriage”. The truth is neither exists. This might seem odd to read on a bridal blog but then again Triple B isn’t your average bridal blog. With the popularity of Pinterest, Instagram, wedding reality television shows, etc. it is easy to lose track of your original vision before saying I Do. Admittedly, I fell victim to a few of the traps (Hey, I’m human!) but thankfully Mr. TK and I have managed to stay truthful to who we are while planning our nuptials. Here’s a fun cheat sheet with examples of what we did that might help you while planning your big day: [Read more...]

Fashion Friday – Etsy Wedding Bands

Bands to make him dance: This cool wedding band is sixty bucks on etsy.com!

Did you know that Etsy, the go-to online resource for every DIY (do-it-yourself) bride on the planet, has a wide selection of wedding bands? Honestly I didn’t until very recently. Mr. TK and I are beginning the –slightly daunting — process of searching for wedding bands (admittedly a little late) and I was overwhelmed by all the factors to consider: How will the band complement my engagement ring? How will our bands complement each others? Do we go matchy-matchy or not? What should we budget for bands? Should we get them engraved? Sheesh! [Read more...]

Bridgette’s Pick of the Week – Baby’s Breath Bouquets

Richmond, VA bride Clare and her girls: Baby's breath bouquets can be surprisingly chic!

Here’s the long and short of it. I do not have a large floral budget for my wedding. It is what it is. However I have an awesome support team (Thanks again, Nicole!) and I’ll be tapping into as many online frugal resources to execute my ideas as possible. There will be quite a bit of DIY going on. One idea I’m considering incorporating into my big day: Baby’s Breath! [Read more...]

5 Ways to Personalize Your Wedding (Without blowing the budget!)

Triple B founder Bridgette Bartlett shares wedding planning tips!

Earlier this month, Triple B joined forces with the lovely bridal boutique Soliloquy right outside of Washington, D.C. for a fun afternoon of trying on stunning wedding dresses by the likes of Kevan Hall, awesome gift bags and champagne. I shared some wedding planning tips with attendees and since the feedback was so positive, I felt it was only right to extend the information to those in the Triple B audience who can benefit from it as well. Check it out! [Read more...]

Bridgette’s Pick of the Week- Cool DIY Idea

How cool is this to incorporate into your wedding day?

Between finalizing Save the Dates that need to mailed yesterday, corresponding with a growing number of wedding vendors, completing a freelance story (It’s coming P!), searching for a Triple B social media intern, organizing an exciting Triple B photo shoot and trying to maintain some semblance of a personal life — I still manage to find awesome wedding ideas in the form of images on the Web to share on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest. However, the above pic moved me so much that I had to make it my Pick of the Week, too! [Read more...]

You Oughta Know: Cool Wedding Planning Resource

Yesterday I discovered a neat tool online that I’ve been itching to share with you all. As I’ve mentioned a gazillion times before, wedding costs vary greatly from city to city. The cost of a wedding in Los Angeles might be $55,000 while virtually the same wedding is only $24,500 in Siler City, North Carolina. Cost of Wedding is a genius website that crunches these types of numbers for you! Trust, you will want to bookmark this site if you’re currently planning nuptials as it will ultimately help you get the most bang for your bridal buck. [Read more...]

Bright Bridal Idea: Personalized Reception Candy Bar

Candy and/or snack bars at receptions aren’t new to most and in fact I’ve even featured a few weddings that contained fun ones in Tie the Knot Tuesday. But the idea of personalizing them according to the couple’s fave sweet treats growing up? That is new to me and I find it too cute to boot. Anything that helps to add a true personal touch to one’s wedding is usually a winner in Triple B’s book. [Read more...]

Tie the Knot Tuesday – Mirlaine & Pernell

Meet Mr. & Mrs. Pernell S. Brice III

Bride: Mirlaine Onelien, 37
Groom: Pernell S. Brice III, 38
Occupations: Onelien, magazine executive; Brice, development and evaluation director
Homebase: New Jersey
Wedding Date: September 29, 2012
Wedding Location: ceremony and reception: David’s Country Inn, Hackettstown, NJ  

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Tie the Knot Tuesday – Jiline & Evans

Meet the Cadets: Share Their Bliss

Bride:   Jiline Jocirin, 26
Groom:  Evans Cadet, 26
Occupations: Jocirin, marketing assistant; Cadet, lawn technician
Homebase: Atlanta, GA
Wedding Date: May 19, 2012
Wedding Location: ceremony and reception: Miami Beach Botanical Garden; Miami, Florida

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Bridgette’s Pick of the Week – Fab Decor Find!

How cute are these?!

Yesterday I attended another great press preview for David’s Bridal. You’ll read all about the gowns and trends (plus view pics) for spring soon enough but I couldn’t wait to share these nifty ceramic letters from DB with you all in the meantime. [Read more...]

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